I wish he was an “inside” cat, but he can’t get along with Miss Kitty.
Perhaps it’s that Miss Kitty can’t get along with him.
For both of their sakes, one lives outside in a “cat house” and one lives inside in my house.
As is often the case with cats and people, I’ve developed a special love for the outsider.
That doesn’t mean I don’t love the one who stays in the house, it just means I take a different joy in the one that doesn’t fit in.
I can relate…
Make no mistake, The Big Smoke loves me too…his issues with Miss Kitty don’t change his love for me.
We get together three or four times a day for meals and just to “be”.
He loves affection, loves to be petted and scratched, but like most outsiders, he doesn’t know how to handle it well.
He gets excited and bites…when you leave he tries to pull you back with claws.
He doesn’t follow the rules well…he doesn’t even know most of the rules.
He always seems a little bit down when you walk away, but he greets you expectantly when you return.
The neighbors and other cats don’t like him much, but I’m glad he’s my cat and I love him very much.
Some of you are a lot like Smokey.
You’ve learned to live outside the church because it’s not safe inside…it seems like whenever you go in someone hurts you or wants to fight.
The folks inside the house think they own it and don’t want you there.
You don’t follow their rules…and when you try, they change the rules.
They let you know that you’re different and that they don’t like you much.
They want you to believe the owner of the house doesn’t like you either.
This hurts you…because you know and love the owner.
Don’t believe the lie, dear outsider.
Just like this cat dad loves all his fur bearing friends, so does the Father love you.
In fact, I think He may have a special love for those of us who don’t always play well with others.
He’ll make a place for you outside and He’ll be there for you just as He is for the “insiders”.
He delights in you and cares for you.
He may even let you in on a secret…the ones inside aren’t strong enough to last outside.
He loves them too…but they need to stay safe.
Make your own application…